The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan

Monday, November 18, 2019


by Kennedy Ryan
Series: All the King's Men Duet #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: November 17th 2019
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

CW (highlight to see): Violent deaths, Assault, Torture

After the absolutely brutal cliffhanger ending of the first book, The Kingmaker, I couldn't wait to get this book into my eyeballs as soon as it released. In fact, the day it was set to release (which was yesterday), I couldn't sleep because this book kept haunting me. So I did what any bookworm would do and started reading it at 3.30 am and read it in one-sitting. Kennedy Ryan ran me over with an emotional train with this book. It was not easy on my poor little heart, but man did I devour every minute of it.

I like to think that The Kingmaker was more about Lennix and her journey into a powerful young woman. The Rebel King is about Maxim and his ascend. The book begins where The Kingmaker wrapped up. It's an emotionally-gruelling few chapters as we wait for Maxim and Lennix to be reunited. I'm telling you I stopped breathing quite a bit while I waited for that moment and though I knew it was coming, I was still flipping the pages non-stop because I NEEDED to know. Maxim's persona has always been alluring. He is a very powerful man who is very much aware of his surroundings and has strong beliefs. Though he is obviously physically HOT, it's his passion for the causes he believes in, particularly climate change, that had me sporting a lady boner. What can I say? Intelligence and vehemence are very very attractive qualities to me. Maxim is very much of an alpha-male character too. He would absolutely kill for the people he loves, especially when it comes to Lennix. He is undeniably possessive, but he also knows to respect her boundaries when she asks him to. Ooof, where do I find a woke, respectful, and sexy af man like Maxim for myself??? Real life men are such a disappointment ... You all know how much I loved Lennix in The Kingmaker. In The Rebel King, she continued to impress the heck out of me. I love her so much I am ready to lay my life down for her. Her resilience is a thing of beauty. Lennix has gone through A LOT and life always seems to be coming for her, but she continues to bounce back stronger than before. I am in awe of her and the power she wields and I just want to be Lennix when I grow up.

With any sort of series that follows the same couple, I worry that the author will backtrack on all the romantic progression of the previous book. Not Kennedy Ryan, however. There's a reason why she won a RITA Award, after all. She is amazing at writing these intense, passionate, and all-consuming romances. It thrilled my shipper heart to see Lennix and Maxim be each others' ride and die in this book. It made me believe so much more in the strength of their relationship. These two truly were the definition of a power couple, and I AM JEALOUS. Also, Kennedy Ryan takes the steam factor to the next level in this finale. Like, holy smokes! I needed a fan to cool me down even though the temperature was something ridiculous like 2 degrees Celsius. It was the fog-your-Kindle kind of hot! Now that I've talked about the all the shippy goodness, I NEED TO YELL (very lovingly because I still love her) AT KENNEDY RYAN BECAUSE OH MY GOODNESS. I haven't felt this stressed while reading a romance book in long long time and I'm pretty sure she took away 10 years off of my life-expectancy. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. Then, she had to go and completely eviscerate me with a major plot point. I legit threw my Kindle, picked up my phone, and started sending the crying emoji to my friend. It was the WORST and I was left an uncontrollable mess. It was a serious reality check for me. We live in a very very cold and harsh world, and a lot of the issues tackled in this series are very relevant to what we face today. Ugh. Doesn't mean it doesn't hurt any less.

As much as I'm yelling in this review, I have to admit to relishing the emotional rollercoaster ride that it was. Yes, it's 100% pain and torture, but it's 1 million percent worth it. Lennix and Maxim's story is one that will stay with me for a long time, and it's one that I will most definitely be re-reading a million times. Now, if you haven't started the All the King's Men duet yet, join me on this side.

Have you read anything recently that completely wrecked you?
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